Self-care has become a pretty big deal around the country, although most moms can find it challenging to make time for it. After all, for the moms who hold down a job and who also run the household, it can be difficult to find the time for simple self-care habits.
However, it’s important that working moms make time for themselves. After all, we’re raising little humans and the only way we can take good care of them is to take good care of ourselves. So, what can you do to fit self-care in your schedule while still maintaining mom and work life? Here are our five top tips:
1. Start a relaxation routine.
Every single day, as a working mom, there will be demands on your time. There will be challenges you’ll need to handle. To counterbalance these demands, it’s important to start a relaxation routine in your life. Whether it’s after you put your kids to bed and involves some CBDfx tincture or is a middle-of-the-day meditation session, making time to breathe and relax can go far in helping you stay sane through it all. When tempted to skip it, remember that you deserve it.
2. Make an appointment at your favorite salon.
It can be easy to get caught up in what your kids need, as well as your employer, that you forget what you need. This is a big cause of burnout. It’s a known fact that when you look good, you feel good. If it’s been a minute since you pampered yourself with a cut and color or even simply a manicure, consider booking that appointment today.
3. Pick up a hobby.
Or, get back to the one you had before you stopped making time for yourself. Whether you take up rock climbing, mountain biking, or simply gardening, getting back to your hobby not only allows you to take a break but it also helps you to stay in touch with the woman you are first, before being a mother.
4. Do something your pre-mom self would do.
Of course, you want to be responsible as a mom, so we wouldn’t suggest anything dangerous, but if you used to have a blast going dancing or seeing a comedy show, consider making time for an outing, once you’re vaccinated and the dangers of the pandemic have died down. Social-distanced events are becoming the norm, so there are plenty of things you can do to let your hair down with friends and to relive good moments from your “youth.”
5. Set a date night.
It’s easy to forget the little things that made you fall for your partner. While you may not always be able to find the time to rekindle the fire, planning for date nights can be important for both your marriage, your children, but also for you. Self-care is about spending time with people who matter to you, so make sure to find time to spend with the person you’re doing this life with. If you’re a single parent and would like to get back into dating, consider setting aside time with a babysitter every now and then to go out on dates. You deserve it.
Mom and work life is hectic—don’t we know it? Yet it’s important not to let yourself get lost in your responsibilities. You still deserve times of relaxation and enjoying the hobbies you used to love. A relaxed you is a happier you and that’s what your kids love to see. So show up as your best-self for them by making time for you.
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